International Bookworms: The Netherlands in YA

Isn’t it awkward when you fail at your own meme? I guess it’s just really bad beginner’s luck on my part, and I am so sorry! You might have done today’s prompt already, but feel free to still link it up anyway, because I really want to read your posts! Anyway, today’s prompt is all about your own country in English books. I live in the Netherlands, so I’ll be discussing Dutch things in international books!

Your Country In A Book (Are there any books set in your own country? Or a country that you love that’s not the US or UK?)

I gotta be honest here; I came up with this topic myself but I really struggled. We obviously all know about how Hazel in Gus go to Amsterdam in The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, but that’s where it kind of ends for me. I enjoyed (and cried very badly at) the movie, but I read the book a long time ago and barely even remember it. I wouldn’t consider it as one of my favourite John Green books.

The Netherlands isn’t a stranger to American and British books, though! Often, it’s in the little details. Like Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones. It was set in either Germany or Austria and even though I can’t recall it, there was something about the Netherlands/the Dutch in that book! I remember a little more about The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue by Mackenzi Lee. The main characters didn’t actually visit Holland on their European tour, but spoke about it quite a lot… The reason why is a bit spoilery, so I’ll keep it at that. Speaking of Holland… Who’s read the Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab? Okay, this has nothing to do with my actual country, but I squealed a bit every time Holland (the character) came up in this series because I really, genuinely liked the name! And that wasn’t because of where I live… hehe!

A book I haven’t read yet, but heard great things about AND is loosely inspired by Amsterdam the Dutch Republic of the 1700s is Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows duology. I had to do a little digging for this, but Leigh herself has answered a Goodreads question about Ketterdam (the fictional city it is set in) saying the city “is inspired by Amsterdam, Antwerp, Las Vegas, London, and old New York (aka New Amsterdam)” I really can’t wait to read the books and see if anything about it is familiar!

Feel free to link your own post down below! Do you know any international books with Dutch elements in them?

PS. The linkup is open till Sunday March 4th 23.00PM CET!